Reading “A Rifle Designed for Kids” at The Daily Banter made me wonder: Can the often used, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” line be reworded to reflect one subheading of such killing “” “Guns don’t kill kids, kids kill kids”? That feels as if I may be going “too far,” that maybe it’s too stark and strong to name the “kids.” Of course, the kids wouldn’t have access to those guns without adults. But here’s the thing: those kids who find a loaded gun and accidentally or if young enough, have no real idea what could happen, fire it and wound or kill, say, a sibling … those kids, and the responsible adults, have to live with that result of having a gun.
From the Daily Banter article, by Bob Cesca:
A Rifle Designed for Kids: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
… Introducing the Crickett Youth Rifle.
No, that’s not a spoof video by The Onion … . A gun manufacturer has actually produced a real-life rifle that’s the perfect size for children …, and, based on the fun family-friendly tone of the commercial, not to mention the zany cricket cartoon mascot, they appear to be marketing these guns directly to kids, describing the Crickett with the first person possessive: “˜My First Rifle.’ …
And yes, girls, they seriously make a pink one …
Well of course they do. There have been pink hand guns, suitable to the relative smaller hand size of women, available for however long.
Cesca includes a partial list of shootings by children who find loaded guns. For example:
This week in Burkesville, Kentucky, a mother of two small children stepped outside for a moment while doing some household chores. It was just enough time for her five-year-old boy to shoot and kill his two-year-old sister … with, you guessed it, a Crickett, which was given to him as a gift … . It turns out the boy’s parents forgot to remove a round that was left in the rifle.
This is NOT to lump all gun owning parents / adults with a “bad” label. It’s simply a very sad example of a failure in the literally life and death significance of the most fundamental aspects of gun safety. Maybe the usual phrase should be turned into “Guns don’t kill kids, adults who accidentally leave guns available to kids kill kids.”
From another post by Cesca, Babies With Guns Continue to Shoot Themselves, Other Babies, a partial listing (links in the original):
Friday. May 10. Camden, New Jersey. 11-Year-Old New Jersey Boy Shoots 12-Year-Old In The Face
Wednesday, May 9. Corsicana, Texas. 2-year-old Texas boy shoots himself in the head with father’s handgun
Tuesday, May 8. Houston, Texas: Boy, 5, accidentally shoots brother, 7, in northeast Houston
Tuesday, May 8. Tampa, Florida: 3-Year-Old Fatally Shoots Himself With Uncle’s Gun
Sunday, May 6. Indianapolis, Indiana: Police: 4-year-old boy grabbed gun, shot himself in hand
Saturday, May 5. Oakland Park, Florida: 13-Year-Old Boy Shoots 6-Year-Old Sister In Florida
Thursday, May 2. Yuma, Arizona: Arizona 3-year-old fatally shoots himself in face with meth grandma’s gun
Thursday, May 2. Cumberland County, Kentucky: 5-year-old Kentucky boy fatally shoots 2-year-old sister
Tuesday, April 30. Mountain Village, Alaska: 5-year-old shot, killed by 8-year-old brother in remote Alaska
April 9, 2013: Boy, 4, shoots and kills playmate, 6
April 8, 2013: Tennessee deputy’s wife killed by 4-year-old child handling gun
February 24, 2013: 4-year-old killed himself with dad’s gun in N. Houston
February 22, 2013: Boy, 2, accidentally shoots self after finding gun in mother’s purse
February 5, 2013: 3-year-old S.C. boy killed after mistaking pink handgun for toy
January 24, 2013: Four-year-old Ohio boy shoots himself dead with father’s gun “˜he didn’t know was real’
January 10, 2013: Child playing with gun accidentally shoots self
December 25, 2012: Father arrested after son, two, grabbed his gun from table and shot himself in Christmas Day tragedy
December 5, 2012: Minneapolis boy, 4, finds gun, shoots brother, 2, police say
And from the weekly GunFAIL column, which in its May 11 article listed 59 accidental shooting incidents, here are those with children as shooters (links in original):
HALLOWELL, ME, 4/23/13: A 4-year-old child brought a loaded handgun to preschool last month. …
OAKLAND PARK, FL, 5/04/13: An evening of being home alone ended Saturday night with a 13-year-old boy shooting his 6-year-old sister at their Oakland Park residence …
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, 5/06/13: A 4-year-old boy shot himself in the hand Monday after removing a gun from his father’s safe …
TAMPA, FL, 5/07/13: A 3-year-old child was shot and killed inside an apartment Tuesday night. …
CORSICANA, TX, 5/08/13: A toddler died late Wednesday after accidentally shooting himself. …
CAMDEN, NJ, 5/10/13: “˜It appears we had an 11-year-old accidentally shoot a 12-year-old, his friend, in the face.’
Another favorite argument used by some, in some form of opposition to gun regulations: “If a bad guy (or girl) wants to get a gun, he’ll get a gun, no matter what the law says.” So does it follow, then, that if a bad guy wants to rob a bank; or break into someone’s home; or beat up the queer kid; or drive while intoxicated; or pretend he’s a licensed plumber or physician or pilot or whatever … he’ll do it anyway, so why bother with laws and regulations? Or maybe, it means we should just skip the whole law and order thing and go for local “well regulated militias.” Save the middle men. Save time and money. What could possibly go wrong? God! Guns! Guts! Gore! Good family fun!
Why is common sense in such short supply when it comes to the Second Amendment? Why do we so often seem to keep talking in circles, pointing fingers (at least not, usually, guns) at each other, making the same points (pro and con) over and over and over and over … Meanwhile, there will be another list of accidental, and not accidental, gun injuries and deaths to report at the end of each day.
(Crickett Logo capture via Crickett.com)